The buzz in the town is all about the reality show
on COLORS, Chak Dhoom Dhoom which recently saw a controversy with
regards to one of the judges. It's just been a week since Mallika
Sherawat was publicly announced as one of the judges on the show.. And
it did not take a long time for the channel and production house to
dump the 'Item Girl' and get a better dancing talent to judge their show..
Yes, we are talking about the 'Rangeela' girl Urmila Matondkar
been in the news for having replaced Mallika Sherawat
as the judge in
Chak Dhoom Dhoom Team Challenge.
Here is Urmila talking about her new-found role on television...You are coming back after a long time on small screen, what made you to take up this role of Judging?
I have always done something different and this is for the second time
I will be judging a reality show. But this is a different experience
altogether. When you are part of a celebrity reality show, you are put
in a spot of bother where you do not know how to judge the popular
faces. But this concept is very different, and I feel it easier when it
comes to judging a group performance. It's always tough to judge a solo
or a duet performance, as you have to keep a note on all the steps and
expressions.. Did you expect that such a show will come to you?
I never expected to get called for Chak Dhoom Dhoom. I guess they
wanted someone from the field, who is known for his/her dancing skills.
I think they felt I would fit the bill perfectly. Have you interacted with the other two judges, Terrence and Javed before?
I have come across both of them. I still remember Terrence; he
was choreographing one of my performances in one of the International
festival of Cricket. The performance included many different dancing
styles and he was behind me to do all the innovative dances as he felt
I could do justice to all the forms. And talking about Javed Jaffrey
, he is quite a
witty dancer of our industry and I share a good rapport with him. So I
think we are going to rock the floor of the show.According to you which dancing form have you disliked and had a tough time rehearsing it?
It's impossible for a person to be perfect in everything. I have
always felt that every dancing style comes with a lot of practice and
one has to rehearse to the core to get it perfect.What would you say about the fact that you have replaced Mallika Sherawat?
don't think I have replaced anyone as I will be seen in the show from
the gala episodes till the end of the season. So there is nothing like
I will be replacing anyone. I think the channel wanted someone who has
a dancing background and they found me as the perfect person. They
approached me and I was happy to accept the offer. It would be great to
judge a show with a new concept of group dancing which has various
styles in it. Who is your favorite dancer from the industry?
very impossible for me to answer this question because Saroj Khan
, Ganesh Acharya
, Shiamak Davar
, Prabhu Deva have their own
dancing styles and I am not being diplomatic. But I would love to dance
with Prabhu Deva.Who are your favoruite actor and actress?
My favorite actor is Shah Rukh Khan and actress is Madhubala.One horrible experience you had while dancing?
never had a horrible experience because each time I have to do
something new; it's always hard work for me. But I remember that while
I was shooting a song in water for Mehbooba Mehbooba, I had to be in
water on my toes, and had to turn my leg fully so that the leg, thigh
and hips twirled. It took me almost two days to perfect that step. And
believe me, I was just turning and twirling in water till I got
everything right. How will you judge the dance? What aspects will you look into?
there are many such aspects which I will be looking at. As I said it's
going to be group dances and it's very hard for a single judge to
handle it. So I will be looking after the expressions, foot work, the
grace and everything that comes under perfect dancing.What is the difference between Judging Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and Chak Dhoom Dhoom?
Dikhhla Jaa is judging celebs who are not professional dancers; they
are actors who perform while managing their daily schedule of work. It
sometimes becomes very tough for us to judge them and I used to wonder
how to rate them as there was no style or form seen in their dance.
Even then, we had to be diplomatic in our markings and comments. It
was really pushing me at times. But here all are professionals and I
have to judges them properly with all the technicalities and grace. I
won't be put in problem here. True judging will be seen here.Will the audience see you shaking legs in the show?
of course but I don't think I will need to dance as audience has seen
me dancing before.. And I think the participants will dance so
superbly, that they will make us come to the stage and shake a leg.Reporter and Author: Tejashree Bhopatkar